We bought this Fisher & Paykel dryer, along with the matching washer, a little over three years ago when our old set quit working. It is a compact machine allowing us to place it in the limited space we have available, yet accommodates loads of laundry that are sufficient for our family of 5. It doesn't have any "bells or whistles" on it, just plain and simple settings to get the job done. I have found that it isn't necessary to use the normal heat setting for regular daily laundry but that the low heat setting works well for most loads which is helpful when watching the budget. A load of jeans or towels are the only things we set on medium heat. It remains to be seen how long this machine will hold up and continue to dry in a quick amount of time but we will find out. Overall we are pleased with this purchase and recommend it. Load Capacity This isn't a huge machine by any means but is adequate for an average family of 4-5. I would not recommend this machine to a large family like our friends who have 6 kids in their home, they wouldn't be able to stay caught up. Performance This machine dries in a reasonably short period of time and in three years hasn't had any mechanical issues. Ease of Use Plain and simple to use. Durability So far so good. Design It has a simple and compact design.